Weekend Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 9/30 - Sunday 10/2

Weekend Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 9/30 - Sunday 10/2

This is your guide to catching great live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, the mothership descends upon "The Region" (with George Clinton and Cameo aboard!), punk and alternative icon Bob Mould arrives for a pair of shows and Fleet Foxes make a triumphant return to the city for two full sets following their July headlining slot at Pitchfork.  All of this and much more... 

In The City...

The Avett Brothers (8PM Friday, September 30th at Aragon Ballroom.  SOLD OUT) - The progressive folk/alt country trio brings their rocking but textured sound to the Aragon... where textured sound goes to die (but at least you'll be able to see the upright bass).  Truth & Salvage Co. open.

Mason Jennings (7:30PM on Friday at Park West.  $30) - The passionate singer-songwriter isn't afraid to get political as he tours in support of his latest (only two weeks old) release Minnesota with opening act The Pines.

Pat Metheny (7:30 & 10PM on Friday at the Old Town School of Folk Music.  Both shows are SOLD OUT) - The jazzy, improvisational guitarist is touring in support of his June release (What's It All About) which sees the guitarist render his interpretations of songs by Paul Simon, The Ventures, Carly Simon, The Beatles, Burt Bacharach and more.

Fleet Foxes (7:30PM Friday, 9/30 and Saturday October 1st at the Chicago Theatre.  Friday is SOLD OUT.  Tickets are still available for Saturday.  $52) - The band easily exceeded all expectations that I had for them in July at the Pitchfork Music Festival and provided one of the best indie-pop sets of the summer season.  Their lush, vibrant sound should resonate beautifully within the outstanding acoustical confines of the Chicago Theatre.

Guitar Shorty (11PM on Saturday at Buddy Guy's Legends.  21+, $20) -  Shorty (turned 72 on September 8th) is not just a showman but also one heck of a guitar player who still records farily regulary (Alligator released his Bare Knuckle in March 2010).  The Chicago Blues Angels open at 9:30PM while Scott Nev provides a free acoustic set from 6-8PM... and you never know when you're gonna catch a glimpse of Buddy Guy himself.

1st Annual Diane Izzo Memorial Concert (5:30PM on Sunday, October 2nd at The Hideout.  $20) - The singer-songwriter died of cancer in February at the young age of 43 and her friends and collaborators will gather on Sunday to pay tribute and say goodbye.  Califone headlines at 9PM and proceeds will go toward mixing, mastering and releasing some of the artist's unfinished works.

In The Suburbs...

George Clinton with Cameo (8PM on Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond. $50-70) - The mastermind behind Parliament/Funkadelic steers the mothership toward northwest Indiana for a Friday night funk tutorial.  Cameo (does he still sport the red codpiece?) opens.  Word up!

Bob Mould "See a Little Light" Performance (Friday and Saturday at The Montrose Room at the Intercontinental O'Hare in Rosemont.  $20-30) - The prolific punk and alternative godfather has found success with Hüsker Dü, Sugar and solo.  Following his recent collaboration with the Foo Fighters, Mould has garnered a lot of attention lately.  Coming off one of his strongest solo albums in a while (2009's Life and Times), Mould is actually touring in support of his recently published autobiography "See a Little Light:  The Trail of Rage and Melody" (Little, Brown & C0., with Michael Azerad) with the Rosemont shows being billed as "An Evening of Reading and Music."  In the solo setting, Mould typically plays songs from throughout his various guises in an incredibly passionate manner either solo electric or solo acoustic.  I've seen him perform live both with his band and solo and the solo shows are generally pretty incredible.

Dream Theater (7PM on Sunday at the Rosemont Theatre.  $45-76) - Quite possibly the most technically proficient players in prog metal, Dream Theater released their eleventh album (A Dramatic Turn of Events) only weeks ago (September 13th).

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    Jim Ryan has written about music in print and online for a variety of Chicagoland publications for over fifteen years. In addition to duties filling in as Traffic Anchor on CLTV or in the helicopter on NBC 5, you can also catch him Sunday nights at 6PM central as host of "The Rock N' Roll Radio Program" on AM 1420 WIMS and AM 1060 WHFB (streaming at wimsradio.com and via the TuneIn Radio app for the smart phone or tablet). Jim has also worked locally for WXRT-FM, lives within walking distance of the Metro and is an avid White Sox and Blackhawks fan whose first live concert experience came at Comiskey Park in 1984 during the Jacksons' "Victory" tour.

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